The matches keep coming thick and fast as the festive football season is in full swing. Putting it lightly, tonight is a must win with any other result being non negotiable.
With no Europe and only the Carabao Cup to lean on as a fallback option, tonight could all but end the clubs hope of European football via the league route.
Last week the referee for the fixture was announced and in the middle will be Michael Salisbury. The VAR referee will be Chris Kavanagh.
Michael Salisbury has yet to referee Chelsea this season across all competitions, in fact he has never refereed Chelsea before in his career.
Salisbury was in the middle of controversy last season as he was dropped by the PGMOL following a costly error in the match between Tottenham and Brighton.
Crystal Palace have come across tonight’s referee once this season but in the Carabao Cup, that was a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.
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